Posts Tagged ‘Occupy Wall Street’

This winter break provides many opportunities to do things you have never done before. So instead of just hanging out with friends from high school, I suggest you take in the sights and landmarks of your hometown. For instance, visit your local Occupy movement. I know many of the encampments have been torn down by local authorities, but in many cities there is a small residual force screaming at the top of their lungs about being the 99 percent.

Last year I visited my old high school, with the wrong intentions. This year I am going to do a complete 180. I will visit my old stomping grounds but not on such a  happy note; this time I will really let my school administration know how little they prepared me for college. This will of course get me removed from school property by the two obese security guards that only move when they go outside to smoke cigarettes across the street from the school entrance alongside the wannabe beatniks.

As every workplace prepares their holiday party, crash the one at your parents’ office by spiking the really cheap holiday punch. Not only will you get a kick out of this but so will your parents because they would love to tell their jackass boss how much they hate him or her without the fear of their boss actually remembering it.  This way there will be no repercussions following their tirade. Whatever you do over the break, have a good time. You do not have to attend lectures or recitations and I think that is a break we all deserve.

Let Jerk know what your plans are for winter break!

-Brysan Brown

This week, Jay-Z’s brand Rocawear put up a t-shirt on its site with the words “Occupy All Streets” for $22. Clearly this was a way for the Rocawear brand to take part in Occupy Wall Street.

How great is it that in the midst of the genuine uproar over poverty and unemployment (to put it briefly), a member of the ruling class (yeah sorry, that’s what the 1 percent is) would try to capitalize on the movement.
And not just any member of the ruling class: Jay-Z is someone who comes from utter poverty and knows exactly what systemic inequality looks like. For him to try to capitalize on this movement and profit from it just shows the power of greed.

Since the shirt came out and Hov realized that this might not be the best way to try to make a buck, the shirts have been taken down from the site. I guess not all publicity is good publicity. [[Editor’s note: As of Monday morning, the t-shirt is now for sale again on back-order via the Rocawear website.]]

-Nadjma Sako

I’d just like to preface this with a statement: I do not begrudge the Occupy Oakland movement as a whole. This address is strictly to the dumbasses that seem to think that smashing windows and spraying graffiti is a good way to make progress. I’ll put it to you all quite simply: you are deluded, violent criminals and are no better than those we fight against. You are all traitors to the cause. Shit like this has absolutely no place in these protests. All you are doing when you act violently is give the entire movement a bad name and grant sympathy to the institution we are fighting against.

Great job, douchebag; you sure showed them.

This movement is about something far greater than your petty desire to break and paint shit. The entire Occupy movement has a fragile enough peace with the authorities doing everything in their power to shut down the movement. You just gave them the pretense they need to slam us all and lump us in with you. So, what you did makes me draw one of two conclusions.

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Okay, Occupy Wall Street, I have some advice for you. You listening? Okay, here it is: Cohesion. Get some of it, ASAP. I love you guys to death, but the problem is you really need to get a coherent message. I understand what you’re doing, but to many in the American public, you guys can seem like you lack a unified point.

So, in the interest of helping out the movement, general education and providing myself with a source of amusement, I’d like to offer you a little bit of advice for unifying themes and clear messages. This will also serve as a bit of a background as to what constitutes the argument that seems like it should be the focus of these protests.

The thing you have to do is break this perception that you’re anti-corporation. While it’s fine to have a problem with them for whatever reason, when you just blatantly attack corporations for being corporations, it just gives more ammo to the opposition to paint you as Anti-American communists. What you should focus on is something more politically viable, like tax reform. Robert Reich explains:

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It would appear that since my last article, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement is gaining a lot more momentum and a bit more coverage in the mainstream media. This is hopefully a step in the right direction after so much clamor for a voice. The Occupy Wall Street protesters have been going strong since September 17 and this is the first real news coverage of them I have seen, aside from when I stumbled upon their cause.

Now, at this point I’ve mentioned how one-sided the coverage of OWS has been, especially compared to the Tea Party movement. It is interesting to see the difference in reaction to the OWS protests. As of right now I have read figures that estimate about 1000 protesters have been arrested in total from the OWS protests. This is not including the brutality that has been imposed upon the protesters, particularly by one Anthony Bologna.

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Imagine a protest that’s so heavily regulated by local authorities that you can’t use microphones, speakers or battery-powered bullhorns. Can you still have a protest without that amplified sound?

The protesters at Occupy Wall Street would certainly say so. They have initiated the use of the “human microphone”. If you’re having trouble picturing what exactly that is, you’re not alone. However, it’s  a lot more simple than you might think. The speaker says about five words of his or her sentence, and the crowd repeats it back to him or her. Still having trouble? Then, picture how loud it would be if hundreds of people repeated those words in unison at the top of their lungs. Yeah, it’s a little deafening.

The Nation’s online website ran an article on Oct. 3, about the “human microphone” concept  being executed by the protest’s participants.  A permit is required in NYC to use any kind of “‘amplified sound’ in public.” Although Liberty Plaza is technically a private area, its owners have chosen to enforce the city’s ban, adding sleeping bags, tents and other equipment to the list as well.

While the “human microphone” may not be the most efficient means of public speaking, it certainly emphasizes the points being made. Plus, it’s attracted more media attention than they would have otherwise. Just goes to show, camaraderie and the human spirit are a powerful combination. Get it guys. Stick it to the man!

-Erin Elzo

http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

To kick off the Blogs We Like, we thought it’d be a good idea to recommend one of the rising stars in the blogosphere. Created and inspired by the same people behind the Occupy Wall Street revolution, this is being dubbed the people’s blog. It’s meant for the regular Joe and Jane Shmoe’s like you and me, otherwise known as the 99 percent.

Here’s how it works: So you’re not a part of the extremely wealthy, tax cut privileged one percent–shocking–and you’ve been struggling to make ends meet. Maybe you’re in college watching your debt pile up, or you’re a recent graduate who can’t find work. Maybe, you’ve even been recently let go from your job.

Whatever your story may be, this is a way to share it with the world. Take a picture of yourself holding a sign that explains your situation, write the words “I am the 99 percent” and submit it to the blog. We all know who makes up the one percent in this country, but what about the rest of us? This is a chance to let your voice be heard.

There’s a curious little ongoing demonstration in New York City, officially dubbed Occupy Wall Street, that you might not have heard about. I personally just learned about this grassroots movement in opposition of Wall Street’s greed, so that alone speaks volumes about how well it’s being covered by the mainstream media.

The protest, which has now entered its eighth day, has no actual attendance figures, aside from the questionable claim of 15,000 made by the demonstration’s own personal website. But, if the videos and testimonies are anything to go on, there are clearly at least a few thousand people taking part in the protest.

Normally, I wouldn’t advocate events like this because I feel that, as a political blogger, I should be writing about my personal thoughts and opinions rather than endorsing a particular organization. However, this is another sad example of the sheer political hypocrisy that I see in our country. When the Tea Party does anything, anything at all, it’s covered in the news ad nauseum. Yet, Occupy Wall Street is clearly not being covered by the media, aside from the occasional blurb. (See for yourself.)

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